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Exam Stress

1. Emotional Health and Wellbeing 2. Exam Stress            3. How Can I Help Myself Cope with Exam Stress
4. Information on Support for Exam Stress    

2. Exam Stress

Everyone at some point in their lives will need to take an exam.  There is a lot of pressure on the lead up to taking your exams and during.  It feels worse because we might not have much choice whether or not we actually do them.  However, there are things that you can do to help deal with the stress you are feeling.

  • Remember that if you don't do as well as you hoped, you can re-take;
  • If you are worried about asking the exam then speak to your teachers or a member of staff at school;
  • Whatever happens in your exams does not dictate the rest of your life.  Many people may look at other options, i.e. apprenticeships or do really well regardless of their exam results;
  • Employers don't just look at your scores; they will be interested in how you present yourself, what other skills you have to offer and how you communicate with other people;
  • What you got on your exam does not tell you what kind of a person you are! You are so much more than a grade on a piece of paper;
  • Once you have done your exam then try and forget about it, you can't change what has happened, you can only make plans once you have the results.  Remember there are always options.  For career advice you can talk to your school who will help guide you;
  • After your exam try not to talk to people about your answers or listen to what they have put as this can cause you more stress. 

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